The Surprising Way Japan's 2011 Earthquake Is Still Changing the ClimateNot only did the Mega-Quake that struck Japan back in 2011 shift the earth’s axis but apparently consequences of the Earthquake are still being felt today. According to a new report, The 9.0 Tohoku earthquake damaged thousands of buildings when it ripped through Japan four years ago. Much of that debris is gone now, but the broken buildings had an invisible effect, too: The earthquake released thousands of tons of ozone-destroying greenhouse gases into the air. The chemicals, called halocarbons, came from old insulation, refrigerators, and electrical equipment damaged in the quake. Air quality monitoring stations recorded a major spike in halocarbon emissions in 2011. In apaper published in Geophysical Research Letters, scientists estimate that these “extraordinary halocarbon emissions” from the earthquake added up to 6,600 metric tons of gases. The emissions included chemicals that had been phased out, demonstrating the long lingering effects of actions from decades ago. The American Geophysical Union’s press release ticks down the list of dangerous chemicals: FULL REPORT